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#1 SAHM2one

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Posted 01 November 2008 - 11:45 AM

This is going to be mine and my son's first holiday gluten free and my family has agreed to an entire gluten free meal. My job is to come up with recipes for the dishes. We always have the same things so I am trying really hard to find things that will wow them and not turn them away from gluten foods.

If anyone can help me find recipes I would be very grateful. I have found some but they don't have reviews so I just don't know if they are good or not.

On the menu every year is:
Red Velvet cake
Pumpkin Pie
Fried Turkey nuggets (homemade nuggets from a turkey breast)
cranberry sauce (they like jelled and not whole)
gravy
a stuffing or a wild rice
rolls

Also do Turkey's have gluten? Is there a national brand that I need to look for that is safe??
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#2 Amyleigh0007

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Posted 01 November 2008 - 11:59 AM

This will be my son's and my first gluten free major holiday too. I am very nervous. We travel over 2 hours to a relative's home for Thanksgiving and I am not comfortable enough with that part of the family (my husbands side and we only see them on Thanksgiving) to request gluten free stuff. I guess I will have to pack some food for us, things that will hold up on a long car ride. I would be interested in some tested recipes too.
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#3 SAHM2one

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Posted 01 November 2008 - 12:07 PM

This will be my son's and my first gluten free major holiday too. I am very nervous. We travel over 2 hours to a relative's home for Thanksgiving and I am not comfortable enough with that part of the family (my husbands side and we only see them on Thanksgiving) to request gluten free stuff. I guess I will have to pack some food for us, things that will hold up on a long car ride. I would be interested in some tested recipes too.


I understand! We are not having Christmas dinner this year with my ILs because I am just really uncomfortable with what they would fix. At 2 Jackson doesn't get why he can't have cake or gravy. I don't want everyone Holiday ruined because of a temper tantrum over food. We are just going to go over after dinner.
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Posted 01 November 2008 - 02:34 PM

I am doing Thanksgiving this year, my 1st totally gluten-free holiday. I have been pouring over cookbooks and this is what I've come up with so far:

roasted turkey-stuffed with celery, carrots, garlic(for flavor), turkey gravy made with cornstarch
stuffing-cooked outside the bird, made the day before (gluten-free bread and cornbread) http://www.epicuriou...Stuffing-107372
orange sweet potatoes, made the day before http://www.epicuriou...e-Topping-10850
(the oatmeal cookies I will make a few days before)
steamed veggies
rolls-Lorka's flax bread recipe, made the day before

pie crusts I will make the weekend before and freeze, wil fill and bake pies the day before
Traditional Libby's pumpkin pie, gluten-free crust
Ginger apple pie-this is my FAVORITE http://www.landolake...e...3818&cid=14
Pecan caramel pie-I don't like pecan pie, but I make this every year and it's really good http://www.karosyrup...ils.asp?id=1077
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Posted 01 November 2008 - 03:52 PM

To Amy- The two biggest worries about thanksgiving are the stuffing and the gravy. Offer to bring the turkey, stuff it with some of the gluten-free stuffings found in the forum, and make your own gravy with sweet rice flour (not the regular, this kind is much finer) or cornstarch. We too travel, and I've always found it easier to just make what I know is safe and take it with me. Of course if you're flying...?

To SAHM2one- Make the gravy as explained above. Pumpkin pie is easy. Just use a gluten-free pie crust (there are many very good ones in the forum, like the perfect pie crust), and read the ingredients on the filling can carefully. For rolls, I have a recipe for them but it's not like mom used to make, so I always take cornbread. Turkeys just check the labels- they have to list what's in or on them.

It's really not that tough, and I've taken my own pies and no one can tell the difference in the taste.
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#6 GFqueen17

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Posted 01 November 2008 - 05:07 PM

My mother and I have both been gluten free for four years now so we always have completely gluten free dinners at our house, including thanksgiving. Since your family has agreed to have the entire meal gluten free, it shouldnt be a problem at all. We still make all the same recipes that we made before going gluten free...we just have to use substitutes now.

The stuffing is my favorite. We use a delicious recipe but use rice bread instead of wheat bread...tastes exactly the same in the end. Mashed potatoes are just potatoes, soy milk, and butter. My dad makes a delcious sweet potato casorole...i dont know the recipe exaclty but i know it has yams, walnuts, brown sugar, and probably other spices and things. Then the vegetables and turkey are naturally gluten free of course...seasoned with gluten free seasonings.

The gravy is the tougher part. My dad used to use different gluten free flours stirred into the drippings from the turkey. It tasted pretty good, not bad at all. Recently we found an organic gravy that does not contain any gluten. So maybe check the health food store if you have one near you.

At my house, the thanksgiving dinner tastes exactly the same now as it did before we went gluten free. I bet that just about any recipe that you used to make could still be made using gluten free substitutes. good luck!
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#7 SAHM2one

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Posted 01 November 2008 - 05:39 PM

Thank you for the suggestions and recipes. I am going to look at them all tomorrow.
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Posted 01 November 2008 - 10:15 PM

We bring our own food, just to be safe. I like to cook my own anyway, so that we can have leftovers. Here are some recipes that I love:

Sweet potato souffle
http://www.recipezaar.com/149328

Scalloped Yukon gold and sweet potatoes
http://www.epicuriou...sh-Herbs-350455

Raspberry & white chocolate cheesecake (I use Kinnikinnick graham crackers crumbs, coca powder and sugar for the crust.)
http://www.epicuriou...eesecake-104844

I also brine my turkeys. It makes a fabulous turkey!!! :D

I brine the turkey overnight, then I cook it upside down for for about half the time then flip it. (Gravity forces the juices downward toward the breast.)

1/2 gallon apple cider
2-32 oz containers chicken broth
1 cup Kosher salt
fresh garlic, rosemary, sage, thyme, and savory.
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Posted 02 November 2008 - 09:12 AM

I am so excited for the holidays. My first Thanksgiving gluten-free terrified me! This year I'm gonna have to make a few more adjustments, as I am now DF as well. But I'm up for it! Here are a few of my favorite recipes:

Stuffing, made with Lorka's flax bread:
http://www.eatingglu...bread/#stuffing

Turkey, roasted, maybe w/ some veggies. I'm opting for just getting a turkey breast this year, I don't really like peeling meat off bones.

Gravy, made w/ pan drippings from the turkey.
I just throw a couple tbsp margarine or oil in a pan, add a couple scoops of featherlight flour mix (http://www.eatingglu...s/#featherlight) and whisk until blended well. Then, I throw in a bit of salt and pepper, and a cup or so of pan drippings, and a cup of soy/rice/almond milk, and whisk until it thickens.

Mashed potatoes w/ a little soy/rice/almond milk and some DF margarine, and a little shredded goat cheese. (Make extra gravy to go all over these too!)

Rolls - gonna try Rachelle's suggestion, and make them w/ Lorka's flax bread. Haven't had a ton of success w/ rolls in the past.

Haven't tried this recipe, but this sounds easy enough and so yummy for green bean casserole:
http://www.eatingglu..._salads/#gbcass

For dessert this year, I would love to come up with a DF chocolate cream pie, but doubt I will be able to do it. I'm probably going to make a strawberry rhubarb pie (using http://www.eatingglu...serts/#piecrust for pie crust), a lemon cream coffeecake, or pumpkin chocolate chip cupcakes (both based on recipes by CeliacCollette).

Here's an awesome recipe for a pumpkin roll that I would make if I could still eat cream cheese. Made it for a gluten-free dessert party w/ the local GIG and they loved it! http://www.eatingglu...desserts/#proll

Wow, typing all this got me totally pumped up! I might have to go out and get a turkey for a pre-thanksgiving dinner this week :)
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Posted 03 November 2008 - 09:54 AM

Oh man, you guys are getting me in the mood!

For your chocolate cream pie, the filling is easy. Make gluten-free chocolate pudding and as part of the liquid add about a tablespoon of strong coffee. Coffee brings out the flavor of the chocolate, enhancing it and giving it a richer depth.

I think gravy made with cornstarch is excellant.

Making your stuffing outside the bird is safer anyway.

My husband worked for a fancy hotel once and the chef taught him to cook the turkey this way. It's so delicious we've eaten it that way ever since!

The night before about 10- 11 p.m., place a pound of bacon strips on the top of the turkey which is sitting in your roaster. Just criss cross them until all are used. THen HEAVILY coat the bacon with pepper. Put on the roasting lid and bake in a slow oven all night, temp s/b 230 - 250 degrees. No basting, the bacon does that for you. In the morning you'll be starving because the whole house will smell like perfect turkey! At this point, remove the lid and turn up the heat to 350. In an hour or two, it should be browned to perfection. We then remove the bird from the oven and fight over the bacon! This timing works if you eat at noonish. If you eat in the evening, adjust accordingly. This turkey always turns out perfect, Juicy and flavorful with very little effort.

Happy Thanksgiving!!
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Posted 03 November 2008 - 10:18 AM

The night before about 10- 11 p.m., place a pound of bacon strips on the top of the turkey which is sitting in your roaster. Just criss cross them until all are used. THen HEAVILY coat the bacon with pepper. Put on the roasting lid and bake in a slow oven all night, temp s/b 230 - 250 degrees. No basting, the bacon does that for you. In the morning you'll be starving because the whole house will smell like perfect turkey! At this point, remove the lid and turn up the heat to 350. In an hour or two, it should be browned to perfection. We then remove the bird from the oven and fight over the bacon! This timing works if you eat at noonish. If you eat in the evening, adjust accordingly. This turkey always turns out perfect, Juicy and flavorful with very little effort.

Happy Thanksgiving!!


That sounds amazing!!!
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Posted 05 November 2008 - 10:40 AM

Whoa! That bacon-encrusted turkey sounds *amazing*!

We always brine ours....turns out great, but I am loving the bacon idea....maybe we'll try it this year!
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Posted 05 November 2008 - 11:48 AM

I've also made the bacon turkey as a breast only in the "season" and it is just as good! Just a shorter cooking time. Don't you love Thanksgiving food?
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Posted 06 November 2008 - 08:23 AM

I also brine my turkeys. It makes a fabulous turkey!!! :D

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I also brine my turkey. This is the recipe I used this year.

2 quarts apple juice
1 lb brown sugar
1 cup kosher salt
3 quarts water

3 oranges, quartered

4 ounces fresh ginger, thinly sliced

15 whole cloves

6 bay leaves

6 cloves garlic, crushed

It turned out fabulous too.

For stuffing I have a vague recipe that I use:

-Gluten free bread, torn apart
-gluten-free Pork sausage (without casings) when I can't find gluten-free sausage I buy ground pork and add the following spices:
Ground pork: 1 lb.
Coarse salt: 1/2 tablespoon
Ground ginger: 1/16 teaspoon
Sugar: 1/4 teaspoon
Ground cinnamon: 1/8 teaspoon
Ground cloves: 1/8 teaspoon
Ground black pepper: 1/4 teaspoon
Ground nutmeg: 1/16 teaspoon
-saute onions, celery, corn with cajun seasoning
-cook wild rice and brown rice (about 1/2 cup each)
-I like to add diced apple and unsulfured dried cranberries
-add toasted chopped pecans
-poultry seasoning
-add all the above ingredients together and moisten with sherry

I like to cook my stuffing out of the bird. I usually make a turkey stock with the neck bone and use that to sprinkle on the stuffing before covering with foil and then baking for 1 hour.
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Posted 06 November 2008 - 12:33 PM

Last week I was craving Thanksgiving food after reading some posts here. I made a turkey breast, cornbread, cranberry sauce (ok that was from the can), a corn-grits-cheese casserole that someone posted here, and double-cinnamon apple crisp for dessert. It was delicious and easy! I had company and they exclaimed over everything. I should cook Thanksgiving dinner at least once a month :)

The apple crisp recipe was from Gluten Free Gobsmacked and it was really terrific. I added about 1/4 cup of candy red-hots for extra "kick." Very easy, and works with gluten-free, CF diets. I did not use the oats in the topping.

http://glutenfree.wo...ee-apple-crisp/
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